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Xmas w/o China

Recently saw a movie via DVD of same name very interesting. Where upon a family took the meaning of Xmas to have no Chinese made products provided as gifts and remove current Chinese products from the home until Xmas season passed. It was really eye-opening in all the products the family had in their home even to include some furniture. The kids cried losing their toys and the father w/o his Xbox and the mother w/o a coffee maker. This was in response to tainted lead toys, cheap Chinese goods or simply the over-whelming crux of it all. practically all Xmas lights were "made in China" label and further if anything wasn't, was expensive, way expensive. The father made his own string of lights using his skills and soldered non-Chinese items but that string of lights costed $166 excluding his labor. Check it out.
-----Willy Happy

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We don't even make hats here Willy

I was at the V.A hospital yesterday and decided to stop in the commissary for some U.S military caps for some vets at my legion post and was really disappointed.
Every hat , and yes even the Marine hats were made in China even though they had the official Marine, Army , etc. sponsored label on them. I had no option but to buy them as the guys really wanted new hats.

I also looked at the American flags and you got it, Made In China. I found this to be appalling .
I talked to the manager of the commissary about this and he shook his head and said " you go try and find and American made hat , let me know where to buy them and I'll sell them" .
As for the flag, he just schrugged his shoulders and walked away.

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I thought we still make our own.

Here, aluminum foil is best.

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aluminum comes from China
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One of the last items I bought that was made in the USA

was at Lowes. It was a toilet flapper. China may be the world capital for crappy parts but we may still be the world capital for crapper parts.

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Another factor that could make Christmas less enjoyable
Hanjin Shipping's collapse likely to hit Christmas shoppers, postage

It might be too early to know yet what this Christmas' "it" toy will be, but there's a good chance that Hanjin's standstill means it might be even more scarce than usual this year. Analysts at Citigroup said that toys were likely to be the product most impacted as retailers awaited their shipments of Christmas goodies.

In a research note on Tuesday, Citi analysts said "softlines," or retail inventory that doesn't usually come in a box, such as linens or personal items such as gloves, were also likely to be impacted, although department stores appeared to have been reducing their exposure to Hanjin over the past few months.

But they added, "There may be some exposure for branded goods that the department stores purchase as they are unsure at this point which of their vendors may use Hanjin."
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Preaching to the chior

I know that song very well. If fact when I meet veterans myself with a hat on, I offer for them to check their caps origin. Yes, many are made outside of the USA, to include China, Bangladesh, Philippines and the worse, Viet Nam! Oh, the irony. I found out recently that Nike the famous shoe maker doesn't even make shoes, its ALL contracted out offshore. They design and forward it. FYI- My hat is made in the USA, my Ma brought it through a magazine, I think and yes I was lucky. Check out Vet Friends website for products and I know some vet's websites offer up-front they have "made in USA products". -----Willy Wink

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